by Lauren Flynn
Dublin face Galway this Saturday in the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Championship Quarter-Finals. The game will be played in the famous Páirc Uí Chaoimh Stadium with throw in set for 7.15pm. Dublin come into the fixture full of confidence as they finished third in Group 2 with two wins and a draw to their name The Dubs will be looking to match their ground-breaking achievements in 2017 by making the Semi-Finals but will have to overcome a strong Galway side to do so. We caught up with Dublin star Ali Maguire ahead of what promises to be a thrilling clash.
Q. Dublin have had a strong group campaign to date, how would you describe our Championship performance so far?
"Yeah, we’ve had some ups and downs in the group phase but overall, we’re extremely happy with how we’ve gone so far. We only suffered one loss to Cork which we were extremely disappointed about, but we’ve put that loss behind us and now were just focusing on getting a full 60-minute performance against Galway. We had some great wins in the group sage so overall we're coming into this match confident and ready to play a tough Galway side."
Q. How has the team been preparing as you get ready for what promises to be a tough game against Tipperary?
"Morale is extremely strong in the squad and we're really looking forward to the matchy. We’ve been training exceptionally hard over the last two weeks and the intensity has been ferocious in our training matches. Everyone’s fighting for positions so there’s been an edge to training throughout the Championship campaign which has been great. We know how good Galway are as a side so we're doing everything we can to prepare in the right way."
Q. You're a school teacher, how do you manage to balance work and playing Camogie for both your Club and County?
"Yeah, I suppose I’m one of the lucky ones in the sense that in being a teacher I have all of the summer months off but during the year it can be tough. For me, it all comes down to time management and good preparation for both school and sport. When you know you’re going to be out of the house all day you need to prepare your meals and your kit bag in advance and then you need to prepare for school too. It can be quite tough to balance it all especially when it’s cold and dark during the winter months but once you get yourself into a routine it makes it much easier."
Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship Quarter-Finals
Saturday August 4th
Páirc Uí Chaoimh
Tipperary v Waterford
Referee: Owen Elliot (Antrim)
Galway v Dublin
Referee: Liz Dempsey (Kilkenny)
*Extra-time to be played in the event of a draw in either game.
Students/Senior Citizens: €5
Under 18s: €3
Tickets can be purchased online from www.tickets.ie and from selected Centra and SuperValu stores nationwide
Tickets will also be available to purchase at the ground on the day of the match.